Cooked up some pecan crusted pork tenderloins the other day and served them with some grilled sweet potato wedges, tossed in a maple – cinnamon glaze. This is a super easy recipe and a healthy, yummy side to serve with all kinds of main dishes. One thing I want to point out is these are supposed to be soft and have a char-grilled/smokey flavor, so if you’re looking for something super crispy and lacking the kick you’ll get from grilling over a charcoal bed and potentially a little smokewood, then this isn’t the recipe for you 🙂 I’ve got a video below that walks you through how I do these. Enjoy!!
4 sweet potatoes
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 tsp pure maple syrup (use the good stuff if you have it, but it will still taste good if you use the cheap stuff)
1 tsp cinnamon
Salt & Pepper
Get a pot of salted water boiling. While waiting on the water to boil, peel the 4 sweet potatoes, then cut into thick wedges (think thick cut french fries, but even bigger…). Once the water is boiling, toss the potato wedges in a boil for 4-5 mins. Don’t boil longer than this b/c you just want them slightly soft. Next time I cook these I’m actually only going to let them boil for more like 3 1/2 min. While they’re boiling, get a large bowl of cold water ready in the sink. Once the timer goes off, dump the wedges into a strainer, let them drain for just 15 seconds or so then get them straight into the cold water. The cold water stops the cooking process and you want that to happen b/c if not the wedges will be too mushy. At some point during all of this you will want to mix together the vegetable oil, maple syrup and cinnamon into a small bowl. After the wedges have sat in the cold water bath for 3-4 min, dump then in a strainer to drain for a bit then return them to a large bowl and toss w/ the maple – cinnamon glaze. Throw them on a hot grill (most likely need to use a vegetable grill basket like I do in my video below) for 7-10 minutes. It doesn’t take much to get a nice char on them. Once they look good, pull them and serve them immediately b/c they will cool down very fast.
Finished product right off the grill.
Here’s the video from start to finish.